Description : “A threshold is a sacred thing,” goes the traditional saying of ancient wisdom. In some corners of the earth, in some traditional cultures, and in monastic life, this is still remembered. But in our fast-paced modern world, this wisdom is often lost on us. It is important for us to remember the significance of the threshold. While it is certainly true that thresholds mark the end of one thing and the beginning of another, they also act as borders—the places in between, the points of transition. These can be physical, such as the geographical borders of a country; others, such as the spiritual border between the inner and outer world—between ourselves and others—are intangible. In To Pause at the Threshold, Esther de Waal looks at what it is like to live in actual “border country,” the Welsh countryside with its “slower rhythms” and “earth-linked textures,” and explores the importance of opening up and being receptive to one’s surroundings, whatever they may be.
Description : Some doors should never be opened… Single father Scott Dawson’s life is shattering. His construction business has failed. After discovering Scott’s infidelity, his wife Holly has disappeared without a trace, and his only hope is that she’ll return. With their mom missing and presumed dead, Scott’s children are coming unhinged. His teenage son Hudson lashes out, growing angrier by the day. And their younger daughter Hazel retreats into a world of her own — and claims to hear her mother’s voice. Clinging to the futile hope that Holly might still return, Scott is teaching his traumatized kids to dodge the foreclosure notices. So when he sees his young daughter in the front yard talking to a man in an expensive suit, Scott’s convinced it can’t get any worse. But the man claims to represent his wife’s long-lost uncle, and offers Scott the opportunity of a lifetime. Will this mysterious stranger bring answers and wealth beyond Scott’s wildest dreams, or an ancient terror he and his children can’t escape?
Description : Flying home to New York I pictured my boxes of diaries being delivered, driven like a western covered wagon train slowly rolling across America. Back in hometown the collection of stories grew by searching for a church, new jobs, another dog and stumbling in and out of love. January of 2002 after having major surgery I began reading 240 diaries and shaping events. Honoring God by illuminating my trials and blessings was my motive for writing. Telling the story of God's love became my objective. By 2007 I quit one part time job to carve out quality time as writing matured into a daily labor of love. In March 2012 I discovered Westbow Press. Prayerfully putting my manuscript into the hands of their editor's, the hard work of rewriting progressed. My hope is to encourage those who think they know Jesus as Savior to be sure and obey Him as Lord. Lord willing many more will come to love Him.
Description : This modern collection of surrealist prose-poems was inspired by the improvisational method of automatic writing, popularized by the International Surrealist Movement. From one brain to another without any literary rules or standards, the words in these automatic writings are not just words, but rays of subconscious illumination that peel away the various layers of the “civilized,” western psyche, one by one. Full of bizarre transformations and dark, irrationally motivated patterns of erotic thought, these writings will seduce the reader into nothing less than a sublime overload and transgressive derangement of the senses. While a must-read for the poetically daring and the adventurous, this book is not recommended for those who seek peaceful numbness and safety!
Description : This enduring novel of crime and retribution vividly reflects the social and moral values of New England in the 1840s. Nathaniel Hawthorne's gripping psychological drama concerns the Pyncheon family, a dynasty founded on pious theft, who live for generations under a dead man's curse until their house is finally exorcised by love. Hawthorne, by birth and education, was instilled with the Puritan belief in America's limitless promise. Yet - in part because of blemishes on his own family history - he also saw the darker side of the young nation. Like his twentieth-century heirs William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hawthorne peered behind propriety's façade and exposed the true human condition.
Description : Discover how to use Unity with Xcode to create fun, imaginative 3D games for iPhone and iPad. This book shows you how to optimize your game for both speed and quality, how to test and profile your game, and how to get the most out of your iOS device features, including the gyroscope and accelerometer. You'll also learn how to incorporate the latest Game Center improvements in iOS into your game, how to make sure your game gets into the App Store, and even how to promote your app and track revenue. Unity is an incredibly powerful and popular game creation tool, and Unity 5 brings even more great features, including Mecanim animation. If you have a great 3D game idea, and you want to make it a reality in the App Store, then Learn Unity 5 for iOS Game Development has exactly what you need. What You'll Learn How to include iAds How to integrate Game Center leaderboards and achievements How to profile and optimize performance Who This Book Is For iOS developers interested in using Unity and Unity developers who want to customize their games for iOS devices.
Description : Houston in the 1920s is a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus Allen, grandson of the Allen brothers who founded Houston as a real estate deal, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful, rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear of a wildcatter--an outsider named Garret MacBride. Hetty is torn between Lamar's lavish courtship and her instinctive connection to Garret. As Lamar's wife she would be guaranteed acceptance to the highest ranks of Houston society. Yet Garret, poor but powerfully ambitious, offers the adventure she craves, with rendezvous in illicit jazz clubs and reckless nights of passion. The men's intense rivalry extends to business, as rumors of a vast, untapped ocean of oil in East Texas spark a frenzy that can make fortunes--or shatter lives and dreams beyond repair. A sweeping, sumptuous debut that evokes the turmoil and drama rippling through the history of the Lone Star State, Magnolia City is a story of love, greed, jealousy, and redemption, brought to life through the eyes of its unforgettable heroine. "Masterfully written, this story of oil, love, and family will grab you by the heart and not let you go." --Maria V. Snyder, New York Times best-selling author "Magnolia City is a compelling and evocative portrait of Houston in the 1920s. In turns thrilling, heartbreaking and uplifting, you will not want to put this book down until you've seen Hetty MacBride through all of her trials and triumphs." --Rebecca Kanner, author of Sinners and the Sea "Duncan Alderson deftly brings to life a lost and fascinating time and place, Texas in the early years of the twentieth century. Magnolia City is a page-turner from the start." --Holly Chamberlin, author of The Beach Quilt
Description : Early Christian Worship is a straightforward, readable introduction to worship in the first four centuries of the church's existence. How did early Christians see and understand their own worship? How did this interact with early Christian beliefs? The book has been brought up-to-date and revised, with some chapters rewritten and an updated bibliography. Paul F. Bradshaw is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, and priest-vicar of Westminster Abbey and a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission. He is the author or editor of several major books (The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship, Eucharistic Origins, Reconstructing Eely Christian Worship, The Study of Liturgy, A Companion to Common Worship, volumes 1 and 2).